Amplify LA's Paul Bricault On Startup Accelerator Lessons, Five Years Later

Venice-based Amplify LA ( is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a startup accelerator here in the Los Angeles area – one of the few in the area to have survived in more or less original form after the launch of a number of startup incubators and accelerators five years ago. Paul Bricault, co-founder of the accelerator, sat down with us earlier this week to reflect on the lessons he's learned over those five years, and what he's learned about LA's startup environment....Continue →

Soylent Pulls Powder From Market As Recall Expands

Los Angeles-based food alternative developer Soylent--which develops a line of products intended to replace the need for normal food--has pulled its "Powder" product from the market, saying that it is halting sales of the product until it can determine the issues behind reported digestive issues with its product. Soylent says it has now removed its Bar and Powdr products for reformulation, and will expect to resume shipping those products in early Q1 of 2017....Continue →

Faraday Future Teases Look At Production Vehicle

Los Angeles-based Faraday Future, the mysterious electric car vehicle startup which has announced big plans to build electric vehicles, but has yet to officially launch its production car, has shown the first look at its production vehicles in a teaser video. Faraday Future showed about 5 seconds of a heavily obscured sedan racing around a track in a teaser video on Thursday, the first look at the company's yet-to-be-announced production vehicle....Continue →

Blizzard Books Weird Al As Headliner For BlizzCon

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment, which is just getting set to launch its annual BlizzCon 2016 video gamers conference, says it has booked "Weird Al" as the headliner for the event. Blizzard said Weird Al will close out its two-day gaming convention with his multimedia rock and comedy live show next Saturday. BlizzCon is sold out, but Blizzard is live streaming the conference both online and via a pay-per-view DIRECTV event....Continue →

Masimo Expands Board

Irvine-based medical equipment maker Masimo announced Thursday afternoon that it has appointed Adam Mikkelson, who is a Partner at healthcare-focused investment fund Camber Capital Management LLC, to its board of directors. Mikkelson has been at Camber since 2007. Masimo is a developer of noninvasive patient monitoring equipment, including a line of widely used pulse oximetry devices.Continue →

TP-Link Unveils Color Changing Smart Light Bulb

Brea-based networking equipment maker TP-Link is expanding its lineup of smart home devices, saying this week that it has rolled out a new "smart" light bulb to its product line. TP-Link said its new LB130 Smart Wi-Fi Bulb installed like a normal light bulb, but then can be controlled via Wi-Fi. The new bulb can be programmed to output any color or brightness, and follow any schedule. The new light bulb is controlled by TP-Link's own iOS or Android apps....Continue →

BlackLine Software Prices IPO

Woodland Hills-based BlackLine Software, the developer of accounting and financial close software, has priced its IPO, saying late Thursday evening that it will sell 8,600,000 shares of its common stock at $17.00 per share. BlackLine will start trading Friday morning on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as BL. BlackLine priced at the high range of an already increased estimated IPO range, which was set to $16.00 to $17.00 earlier this week....Continue →

Sientra Swaps CFO

Santa Barbara-based medical aesthetics developer Sientra said on Thursday that it has named a new CFO. The company said that Patrick F. Williams has been named Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, and Treasurer. Williams replaces Matthew Pigeon, who the company says is leaving to "pursue other opportunities". Williams has previously served as SVP and CFO of ZELTIQ, and previously served at NuVasive. Williams is also on the board of Miramar Labs....Continue →

Insights: How to exit from your own startup

Dinesh Ravishanker was the founder of Callfire, and tells us some of the lessons he learned after he left the startup he founded, and how it impacted him, personally. Here are some top lessons he shared, drawn from his personal account of his exit from the company.

An exit can happen at anytime

Whether you got voted off by your board or it's just time for a new career challenge, leaving a top position at a company you founded can deeply impact your sense of self....Continue →

Super League Gaming Adds $5M

Santa Monica-based Super League gaming, which lets video game fans compete against others on the big screen at movie theaters across the country, has raised $5M in a Series C funding, the company said this week. The funding came from Toba Capital and esports company aXiomatic. Super League takes over movie theaters, and allows game players to compete against each other for prizes....Continue →

Qualcomm Acquiring NXP For $47 Billion

San Diego-based Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced this morning that Qualcomm has agreed to buy NXP Semiconductors for $47 billion. The two said Qualcomm will pay $110.00 per share in cash for NXP, in a deal which has already been unanimously approved by the boards of both companies. NXP is a develops of mixed signal semiconductors. The two have been hasing out a deal since at least September....Continue →

Vessel Acquired by Verizon, Will Shut Down

Vessel, the subscription video streaming service led by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Richard Tom, has been acquired by Verizon, Vessel said on Wednesday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. As part of the acquisition, Vessel said it will be shutting down the Vessel service on October 31st. In the announcement of the deal, Kilar and Tom said that the "heart of the transaction" is Vessel's technology, which will be incorporated into Verizon's efforts in online video....Continue →




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